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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm tearing it down&startintg over.

This month makes 2 years that I have had nothing but algae problems and of course much frustration.

When I set up this thing (75g) two years ago, I used 100% Eco-Complete.
I did happen to notice lots of big white chunks and most of the bags were packed in milky liquid. I've heard about the contamination thing, but I figured that the yucky stuff would have worn off by now. Maybe not.
Or maybe the substrate isn't the problem, maybe I just don't know how to have a successful planted tank.

I do keep Co2 quite high and I dose micros and macros, blah blah blah.

This weekend I plan to tear down this mess once and for all.
If it weren't for my beloved fishies, I'd gladly haul it off to the dump and plop a loveseat there instead.

However, I still want to try. (Yes, I do need my head examined.)
What substrate should I use?
Should I use Flourite?
Can you have a successful planted tank using plain gravel? Do you think Flourite gives you enough advantage to make it worthwhile?

I'm really considering plain gravel, but I really need to hear from you.
Thank you.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 10:12 PM
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I would keep using the eco-complete, you can't really relate alage problems with substrate choices. Rosette plants benefit most from nutrient rich substrates, stem plants, floating plants, ferns etc do not matter much
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